Useful Information

BHA owners’ toolkit

More information on the following can be found here:

  • Registering as an owner
  • Registering your racing colours
  • Registering an authority to act
  • Registering to reclaim VAT on your racing expenses
  • Ensuring you have a training agreement in place

Horse name availability

In order for a horse to be eligible to race under rules they must be registered with a unique name. This is to distinguish each horse from others in a race and allows bloodlines and pedigrees to be more easily traced.

You can check the availability of a name by clicking here.

Please contact the Weatherbys naming team should you wish to go through the registration process

Racehorse Owners Association

The Racehorse Owners Association exists to promote and protect the interests of racehorse owners, making ownership more enjoyable and rewarding for every owner racing their horse in Britain.

For owners, the ROA wants to create an experience that acknowledges and respects their contribution to the sport. It means delivering raceday experiences that reward and encourage people into the sport and retains the excitement for those already involved.

Here are just a handful of the many benefits you receive as an ROA member:

  • Third party owners liability insurance
  • Owner sponsorship scheme with Tote to support your VAT recovery
  • 20% discount on BHA fees
  • The Owner Breeder magazine each month
  • Racing TV day passes
  • Industry representation

Join the ROA today by emailing or calling 01183 385 680 to be a part of the sport for the future.

Weatherbys Racing Bank

Weatherbys Racing Bank works tirelessly to keep things simple for owners and personal service is their priority. From the initial account opening, to providing everyday support when owners need it, the dedicated team are committed to delivering a seamless and reliable banking experience. They offer a range of financial services specifically designed for racing and bloodstock activities.

Owners can use a Weatherbys account to facilitate any racing transactions, most commonly paying entry fees and training bills, and receiving any prize money earned. The account can also be used to buy and sell bloodstock.

In addition, Weatherbys Racing Bank has a market-leading VAT Return Service to ensure owners maximise the government-backed scheme which operates in the UK.

They also offer a secure Foreign Exchange service, ideal for converting prize money and settling bills overseas.

For further information, please contact Henry Taylor, Head of Weatherbys Racing Bank on +44(0)1933543543 or

Weatherbys Hamilton

Weatherbys Hamilton is the insurance arm of the Weatherbys Group and are the leaders in the insurance of racehorses, broodmares, youngstock and stallions in the UK. The team provides advice on all aspects of bloodstock insurance and with access to the most competitive markets, clients can be confident of having the most comprehensive protection for their horses at all times. From providing advice, placing insurance and obtaining veterinary reports to arranging claims settlement and payment of proceeds.

For further information, please contact Beth Sharkey on +44(0)1638563444 or

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